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Hair Products And Your Health

Hair Products And Your Health

NEWS, Women's health
When it comes to your personal style, the manner in which you wear your hair is undoubtedly a form of self-expression. With so many hairstyle options to choose from, it’s really not surprising to see someone experiment with their look and try the ever-evolving styles of braids, weaves, wigs, and natural hair options out there. Chances are that you’ve probably spent a good amount of money on hair products to manage your tresses. But before spending more of your hard earned money on hair, ask yourself these key questions: Is my hairstyle taking a toll on my hair health? Are the products I’m investing in potentially causing damage to my hair despite the “glamorous” or beautiful look I am able to achieve? Well, since maintaining healthy hair should be your ultimate goal, make it a priority to
Why Sex After Childbirth Hurts

Why Sex After Childbirth Hurts

NEWS, Women's health
IT is generally believed that a woman should be able to have sex six weeks after childbirth. This, however, does not mean she wants sex; it just means that the woman’s body will not explode if she tries sex at that time. Sincerely, sex after childbirth could be a big task. This is because the woman still looks and feels pregnant; sex at this time can actually be painful. There are certain reasons sex hurts after childbirth; Extra stitches: If you had a vaginal birth and tore naturally or the doctor had to cut the perineum; the space between the vagina and the anus and you were stitched up, especially the last stitch. This is an extra, unnecessary stitch at the perineum that is supposed to make your vaginal opening smaller. Sometimes women ask for this, most of the time they don’t. This
25% of Reproductive Women in Nigeria Live with Uterine Fibroid, Says NISIR

25% of Reproductive Women in Nigeria Live with Uterine Fibroid, Says NISIR

NEWS, Women's health
The Nigerian Society of Interventional Radiology (NISIR), has revealed that about 25 per cent of Nigerian women in their reproductive age are living with uterine fibroid unaware. Stating this at the first Annual Scientific Meeting of NISIR in Lagos recently, themed ‘Minimally Invasive Therapies, Benefitting Patients, Saving Lives’, the President, NISIR, Prof. Ahmed Ahidjo, said uterine fibroid can be adequately treated with inclusive interventional radiology procedures. He said women should access health facilities for diagnosis and treatment of the health condition, adding that with certain technologies, the issue can be addressed. He said: “The NISIR, which was established in 2010, will continue to enhance the art and science of interventional radiology and research through educ
How Stress Reduces Fertility in Women

How Stress Reduces Fertility in Women

NEWS, Women's health
*Drinking more water during day really does help ladies to have fewer urinary infections In North America, 20 to 25 percent of women and 18 to 21 percent of men of reproductive age report daily psychological stress. Although previous research has suggested that stress can decrease the odds of conception, few studies have examined this association among couples from the general population. Now, a new study led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), United States (U.S.), researchers finds higher levels of stress are associated with lower odds of conception for women, but not for men. The study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.”Although this study does not definitely prove that stress causes infertility, it does provide evidence supporting the inte
Paediatrician Warns Against Force-Feeding Babies

Paediatrician Warns Against Force-Feeding Babies

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
A paediatrician, Okiemute Olibamoyo, on Wednesday advised mothers to stop the habit of force-feeding their babies to avoid accidental-suffocation. Ms Olibamoyo of the Department of Paediatrics, College of Medicine, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. According to her, such practice is dangerous and has led to untimely death of many infants in Nigeria. “If you find out that your baby is not eating well or does not want to eat, do not scold her, rather change the way and pattern you prepare her food. “Sometimes you find out that the child that refused to eat her mother’s food is eating the same food prepared by another woman. “It could be that she likes her plantain, for example, boiled and
Increased Water Intake Reduces Urinary Tract Infections in Women — Study

Increased Water Intake Reduces Urinary Tract Infections in Women — Study

NEWS, Women's health
A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine has suggested that premenopausal women with recurrent urinary tract infections (cystitis) who drank more water had less frequent infections in a randomized clinical trial. The study included 140 women with recurrent cystitis who reported drinking less than 1.5 litres of total fluid daily (about six 8-ounce glasses). During the 12 months of the trial, half the women were assigned to drink 1.5 litres of water in addition to their regular fluids, while the others did not change their regular fluid intake. Episodes of cystitis were less frequent in women who drank more water for 12 months (average number of cystitis episodes was 1.7 for the women who drank more water compared with 3.2 for the women who didn’t). The study can’t tell re
WIHA Set To Train 10,000 Women as Hepatitis Champions By 2020

WIHA Set To Train 10,000 Women as Hepatitis Champions By 2020

NEWS, Women's health
Alarmed by the health challenges Africans face due to the growing rate of hepatitis B and C diseases which are often described as silent killers, Pharm. (Mrs) Bisi Bright, the Vice President, Livewell Initiative (LWI), and founder, Women in Hepatitis Africa (WIHA), has disclosed the intention of the group to train 10,000 women as ‘Hepatitis Champions’ by 2020. Speaking at a Hepatitis Advocacy Awareness and Screening Programme,organised by WIHA, at DRF Building, National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, Mrs. Bright, who is a clinical pharmacist and public health practitioner, noted that nine in every ten people living with hepatitis have no idea they have the disease, saying more than 70 million people are affected across Africa. Pharm. (Mrs.) Bisi Bright further explained that the gr
Don identifies Causes of Female infertility

Don identifies Causes of Female infertility

NEWS, Women's health
A professor in the Department of Radiology, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin, Adewale Oguntoyinbo, has said that female infertility is caused by infections aggravated by multiple sexual partners, poor health facilities, and inadequate treatment of affected individuals. He stated that several studies, including those by the broad-based World Health Organisation indicated that most cases of female infertility in Africa are caused by an infection acquired from miscarriages and induced abortions, as well as labour, delivery and sexually transmitted infections. Oguntoyinbo, while delivering Unilorin’s 181st inaugural lecture last Thursday titled, ‘Delay is not denial: Invisible made visible, giving hope to the hopeless through medical imaging
Giving Premature Babies Breast Milk Not Formula Aids Brain Dev’t

Giving Premature Babies Breast Milk Not Formula Aids Brain Dev’t

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
A new study has revealed that giving premature babies breast milk rather than formula may aid in the development of their brains. Researchers at the Edinburgh University analysed Magnetic Resonance Images (MRI) scans of about 50 premature babies who were born before 33 weeks gestation. Scans were conducted on their brains when they were around seven weeks old – roughly 40 weeks after conception. They also collected information about how the infants had been fed while in intensive care – either formula milk or breast milk from either the mother or a donor. The babies who exclusively received breast milk for at least three-quarters of the days they spent in hospital showed improved brain connectivity compared with others. The findings of the Scottish scientists published in the journal
Women Mostly At Risk Of Dementia, Stroke –Study

Women Mostly At Risk Of Dementia, Stroke –Study

NEWS, Women's health
Nearly half of women and one in three men are at risk of developing stroke or degenerative neurological diseases such as dementia and Parkinson’s during their lifetime, according to a study published Monday. Dutch researchers considered all three conditions “in order to grasp how big the problem of incurable brain diseases in late life really is,” said the study’s senior author Arfan Ikram. “We grouped these diseases together not only because they are common but also because there are indications that these often co-occur and might share some overlapping causes,” Ikram, of the Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam in the Netherlands, told AFP. This could mean there are also overlapping ways to delay or avoid getting the diseases, and the research found that some preventative st
No More Too Many Children We Cannot Take Care Of!

No More Too Many Children We Cannot Take Care Of!

Children's Health, Men's Health, NEWS, Women's health
•Northern women jettison superstition, go for family planning Multiple child birth, especially in northern Nigeria, is a practice most women take pride in. It is also common to see one man with three or four wives having between 40 and 50 children. Such a family boasts of its children as “wealth” even when there are no adequate resources to cater for them. Through this unplanned childbirth, the notion of almajiri system, which now plagues the region, came to be. Women, who get more appreciation for the number of children they give birth to, unfortunately, bear the brunt of the weird bravery largely due to ignorance, poverty and lack of access to quality healthcare, and this leads to the rise in death rate of mothers and newborn. In recent past, discussing issues of family planning was do
The Risk in Letting Friends, Relatives Breastfeed Your Baby

The Risk in Letting Friends, Relatives Breastfeed Your Baby

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Nursing mothers are advised to avoid giving their babies to relatives or friends to breastfeed them whenever they are not around or sick, a medical expert has said. Rev. Sr. Eunice Okobia of Medical Missionaries of Mary Clinic, ACO Housing Estate, Abuja, gave the advice on Saturday while addressing mothers during an immunisation programme. Okobia said that nursing mothers who allowed other women to breastfeed their babies put such children at the risk of being infected. She said it was safer to use a bottle of the mother’s breast milk or infant formula to feed babies whose mothers were not available to feed them. “Contact with breast milk and breast tissue can transmit infections, such as yeast, bacteria or viruses. “ Before now, mothers will allow their friends or relatives to breast
Healthy Lifestyle Habits Every Woman Should Imbibe

Healthy Lifestyle Habits Every Woman Should Imbibe

NEWS, Women's health
Health is not a final destination; it is a lifestyle we chose to participate in every day. There are certain determinants of health that are largely, if not entirely, out of our control. Our genetic makeup and biology have major bearing on our overall wellbeing, as do any number of socioeconomic factors, and your access to high-quality care. Experts say one sure way for every woman to stay healthy is to find time for exercises. If you are one of those women who neglect physical exercises, then you need to do a rethink. It is no secret the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that everybody should imbibe the culture of exercise so as to live a healthy life. Arguably, women are still, by and large, the caregivers in our society and overload themselves with responsibilities and duties....
Prevalence of chlamydia infection among women

Prevalence of chlamydia infection among women

NEWS, Women's health
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) more than 1 million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are acquired every day worldwide. In another report, it is estimated that, each year, 131 million people are infected with chlamydia, 78 million with gonorrhoea, and 5.6 million with syphilis. Infection with STIs can have a significant and negative impact upon a person’s overall health and well-being. Studies have shown that chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis are three STIs which are all caused by bacteria. Chlamydia trachomatis in particular is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the world with severe complications. Global chlamydia statistics show that an estimated 92 million new chlamydia infections occur each year, affecting more women than men in all age
Why Women Should Test for Ovarian Cancer After 40

Why Women Should Test for Ovarian Cancer After 40

NEWS, Women's health
A gynaecologist at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, Dr Rachel Awobusuyi, has explained why women after the age of 40 years must take ovary test seriously. The physician notes that it is difficult to detect symptoms of ovarian cancer but he stresses the importance of being proactive about it. He says, “The ovary is a hidden part of the body. It is not like cervical that everybody can easily see. Because it is a hidden organ in the abdomen, by the time the issue comes up it is usually late,” she says. Awobusuyi suggests that women should go for regular ovary test to know if their ovaries are working well. “Women after the age of 40 should take ovary test seriously because they are more prone to have the disease. There are times the symptoms start with abdominal